Aflatoxin Ingestion and Excretion by Humans

  • T. C. Campbell
  • L. Salamat


Although several workers have shown that the oral and parenteral administration of aflatoxin may cause liver cancer in a large number of experimental and domestic livestock animals (reviewed in Reference 2), there remains only circumstantial evidence of the involvement of aflatoxin in the aetiology of liver cancer in humans. Our original interest in this relationship arose about three years ago when we began to analyse certain food products from the Philippines for the presence of aflatoxin. The first results showed a very high level of aflatoxin in certain batches of peanuts and peanut products and concurrent with these observations was an awareness of a high incidence of liver malignancies.


Urine Specimen Peanut Butter Liver Malignancy Peanut Product Trifluoracetic Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. C. Campbell
    • 1
  • L. Salamat
    • 1
  1. 1.Virginia Polytechnic InstituteCollege of Agriculture BlacksburgUSA

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